Historical Romance Book Review: Crossed Lines
About the Book
Title: Crossed Lines
Series: Love Along the Wires (Book 2)
Author: Jennifer Delamere
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House PublishersPublication Date: August 31, 2021
Publisher's Book Description
"Emma Sutton knows she should be satisfied with her life. She has a position at London's Central Telegraph Office, and behind her rented rooms is a small plot where she can indulge her passion for gardening. But ever since she was orphaned as a child, she has longed for a family of her own and the stability and consistency it provides. Her deepest wish appears realized when a handsome engineer is thrown into her orbit and sends her a thrilling love note.
Mitchell Harris's sharp wit and facility with a pen have enabled him to thrive despite serious obstacles. That the woman of his dreams works just two floors above his should make life perfect. But a childhood accident has left Mitchell convinced he'll never draw a woman's affection, especially from someone like Emma. When his best friend--who once saved his life--falls in love with Emma too and asks for help writing her love letters, Mitchell must choose between desire and loyalty."
Crossed Lines, by Jennifer Delamere, is the second book in the Love along the Wires series, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Thoughtfully detailed and engaging, this story is touching and memorable. A satisfying blend of drama and romance make this novel truly enjoyable. Its endearing characters and clever plot ensure that this book is a joy to read.
Page after page, Ms. Delamere confirms that she is a very talented writer. From crowded telegraph offices, to busy London streets, to the serenity of backyard gardens, descriptive storytelling welcomes the reader into a compelling literary world. Within this world, the characters add real depth and sincerity to the story. They are genuinely sympathetic and intriguing. They exhibit unique qualities that make them unconventional yet believable. Their fears, desires, insecurities, and motivations are meaningful and important. As they strive to overcome obstacles and evaluate their motivations, the characters are relatable and inspiring. And it is through these characters that the plot proceeds easily, revealing a charming story of friendship, doubt, faith, love, misunderstandings, truth, and second chances.
Crossed Lines is a lovely piece of historical fiction. It is creative, moving, uplifting, and thoroughly entertaining. This worthy novel is well-written and edifying, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. It is a special novel from beginning to end, and I am definitely eager to read the next book in this series.
*I was given a copy of this novel from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
About the Author: Jennifer Delamere
“Jennifer Delamere writes tales of the past...and new beginnings. Her novels have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America RITA® award finalist, a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer holds a B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for two decades. She loves reading classics and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the people and places in her books.” --Biography from Jennifer Delamere’s author page on Amazon.com.